This region sees dramatic increase in traffic after lockdown eased

This region sees dramatic increase in traffic after lockdown eased

Car journeys were up an average of 11 percent in daily kilometres on UK roads compared to the previous weekend. Leeds recorded the highest increase in traffic levels over the two weekends with a 13 percent rise in daily kilometres driven. 

Waze data revealed Bristol was also up on the national average with an 11.5 percent increase in the number of kilometres driven. 

The fresh data seen by and provided by car technology firm Waze showed motorists were slowly returning to the nation’s roads. 

Dani Simmons, Head of Public Sector Partnerships said the data revealed there had been a “slow, subtle increase” in car journeys. 

She revealed motorists were not taking “huge advantage” of the relaxed rules with many still keeping tips to small journeys. 

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The capital recorded no coronavirus cases in a 24 hour period yesterday as the city looks set to be the first in the UK to shake the virus. 

Downing Street confirmed the number of passengers using transport services such as buses and tubes was still “fairly low” which had raised concerns traffic would increase. 

Graphs provided by Waze showed London journeys had begun to spike last weekend and looked set to hit the highest levels under lockdown measures. 

Waze analysis revealed that despite the small increases there has been a 70- percent decrease in daily kilometres driven compared to the February daily average. 

Motorists in Bristol had seen a 76 percent drop compared to the February average with Manchester noticing a dip of 73 percent. 

Liverpool saw the lowest drop with just a 67 percent decrease in overall journeys compared to pre-lockdown levels. 

National data provided by the company revealed the UK had yet to see a sudden spike in vehicle use while compared to other countries., 

The UK saw a slight rise in traffic around May 10 but this was dwarfed compared to a huge rise seen in France

Spain and Italy have also recorded a heavy rise in journeys on or around May 10 before a sudden spike was recorded on May 15. 

British police reported seeing cars from “all over the country” arrive at Uk coastal regions yesterday as temperatures increased. 

Sergeant Steve BJ from North Devon Roads Police Unit revealed on Twitter that the region was covered with cars and vans. 

He said cars were mounting pavements to get by while pedestrians tried to cross the road as motorists desperately fled to the beach. 

Barnstaple Police reported that traffic wardens were running out of tickets and warned vehicles would be towed away in some cases.

Published at Thu, 21 May 2020 10:12:00 +0000